Vatican City, Mar 19, 2021 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis said Friday that Our Lady of Knock exemplifies the importance of prayer and hope as he officially designated Knock as an international Marian and Eucharistic shrine.

The pope sent a video message to the shrine in Ireland to mark its official designation. The video was played during a live-streamed Mass at the shrine on the evening of March 19.

“How many families in the course of almost a century and a half have handed on the faith to their children and gathered their daily labors around the prayer of the rosary, with the image of Our Lady of Knock at its center,” Pope Francis said in his video message.

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